January 2019 Law Changes Require Ignition Interlock Devices

New laws will require that a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (IID) be installed for all DUI offenses. This device is like a breathalyzer for your vehicle. It requires the driver to blow into the mouthpiece before the car can be started. Here’s the full story.

As of January 1, 2019, changes to California’s DUI laws went into effect under Senate Bill 1046. Here’s what you need to know about those changes:

  • The IID pilot program which was tested in Los Angeles, Alameda, Tulare, and Sacramento counties was extended to January 1, 2026.
  • All California residents are NOW required to install an IID, even if they are convicted of their first ever DUI offense.
  • If a driver is convicted of DUI, the driver has the right to apply for a restricted license without completing their license suspension or revocation, providing he or she installs an IID. This is in effect until Jan. 1, 2026.

Are You Prepared?

Will YOU have to install an IID if you are convicted of DUI in Oakland or anywhere else in the East Bay? Under the 2019 legislative changes, the answer is, “Yes, you will have to install an IID if you’re found guilty of DUI.”